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Before Dawn (1933)

Passed  -  Drama | Mystery  -  4 August 1933 (USA)
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Sinister forces compete to find the million dollars in gold hidden by recently deceased gangster Joe Valerie in his family's old dark house 15 years earlier,

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Dwight Wilson
Dorothy Wilson ...
Patricia
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Dr. Paul Cornelius
Dudley Digges ...
Horace Merrick
Gertrude Hoffman ...
Mattie (as Gertrude W. Hoffman)
Oscar Apfel ...
O'Hara
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Joe Valerie
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Mrs. Marble
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Storyline

Joe Valerie stashed a million dollars in gold from a robbery 15 years earlier. Now that he lay dying a painful death, he trades the location of the money to Dr. Cornelius for a shot to end his suffering. When Mrs. Marble reads about the death of Joe, she wants to spend the money, but the ghost of Joe causes her to fall down the stairs ending her life. When the police show up, they are not sure if it is murder of not, so they enlist Dr. Cornelius and clairvoyant Patricia to help solve the case. But everyone, except Mattie and Patricia, is looking for the loot and not the ghost of Joe Valerie. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Mystery

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4 August 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Antes del amanecer  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hollywood Reporter news items had Gregory Ratoff, Hobart Cavanaugh and Lal Chand Mehra as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. At one point, several arrested psychics exited a police van, but only the back of their heads were visible. One was wearing a turban, a common costume for Mehra. See more »

Quotes

Police Chief John F. O'Hara: Ah, that Valerie was delirious!
Dr. Paul Cornelius: It wouldn't be the first time a million dollars made a man delirious
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
In the score at the end
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"There will always be death when men seek to take what ain't theirn."
9 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A pretty clairvoyant (Dorothy Wilson), her greedy father (Dudley Digges), a shady doctor (Warner Oland), and a detective (Stuart Erwin) all look for hidden gold in a haunted house. Nice little old dark house mystery with good direction from Irving Pichel. Dorothy Wilson isn't well known today but she impresses in this role. I'm not sure why she didn't have a bigger career. She's certainly talented enough and beautiful, too. Speaking of people not well-known, Stuart Erwin had a career that last five decades but most people wouldn't know him from Adam today. He was always a solid actor, usually in comedies. But here he shows he can handle being the leading man. He was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar a few years later but didn't win. Warner Oland takes time off from being Charlie Chan to be a bespectacled villain here. He's always good. Character actor Dudley Digges is reliable as ever. Jane Darwell has a brief bit but she's good. Gertrude Hoffman is great, too. Wait until you see her final scene. Overall, a solid cast and nice direction elevates a somewhat flimsy story. Very interesting for the time in that it treats psychic phenomena as real.


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